Detroit Symphony touts new season with string trio and train ride

Talk about a moving performance.

The music was in motion Wednesday on Woodward Avenue, where reporters were invited by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to board a QLINE train – to be greeted by a string trio.

Hadyn and Ravel’s selections were followed by a nice Motown track (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) as the trolley headed towards the DSO’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Sandbags kept the stands in place for violinist Rachel Harding Klaus, violist Mike Chen and cellist Cole Randolph.

“I had to make sure my feet were on the ground,” Randolph said of the gig while in transit.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra members Rachel Harding Klaus, left, Mike Chen, middle, and Cole Randolph perform inside a QLINE streetcar in Detroit on August 17, 2022.

Everything was at the service of the DSO’s next 2022-2023 season and the release of single tickets, as well as the organization’s launch of customizable series. The “Create Your Own” package offers three or more concerts for $39 a ticket, and customers can select their events on

“We want to make sure there are easy ways for people to access the symphony,” DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark said at Wednesday’s media event.

Rönmark emphasized this theme of accessibility and programming diversity, saying the orchestra wants Metro Detroit residents to consider the DSO “one of their regular entertainment destinations.”

“Together, our Detroit institutions can unite people of all backgrounds and interests,” he said.

Rachel Harding Klaus, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, plays the violin on a QLINE streetcar in Detroit on August 17, 2022.

He described the QLINE event as part of the “journey” into the new season, which will include 10 classic weeks led by music director Jader Bignamini, with highlights such as Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony (November 11-13). ) and Stravinsky’s “Firebird”. (March 30-April 1).

The season kicks off Sept. 21 with “The Music of Star Wars,” and other pop programming will include “Home of the Holidays” (Dec. 16-18) and Three Nights of Aretha Franklin Music (May 26-28).

The Paradise Jazz Series will include a performance on October 14 with trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

Hearing protocols introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed: customers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a test result, and masks are now optional inside the meeting room orchestra.

While the DSO resumed performances in late 2020 and welcomed audiences back in 2021, “this year feels like our true COVID opening,” said DSO musician Klaus. “I really appreciate being able to see the public.”

Wednesday’s QLINE session was a blast for the musicians involved, they said.

Two members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mike Chen, 51, left, and Cole Randolph, 26, play viola and cello on a QLINE street car in Detroit on August 17, 2022.

“Things are usually so formal,” Klaus said. “I loved it. Playing while moving really made me feel part of the city.

M-1 RAIL President Lisa Nuszkowski said Wednesday’s QLINE collaboration with the DSO was “a guinea pig” as more programming and activations are planned. They may include music, art and spoken word performances on the light rail trams and will be funded by a recent grant from the Rocket Community Fund.

“I think there are many creative ways to use something as utilitarian as public transportation,” Nuszkowski said.

QLINE fares were suspended coming out of the pandemic and rides will remain free indefinitely, she said.

Contact Detroit Free Press Music Writer Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or [email protected]

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

2022-2023 season

Sep 21-Jun 10

Single tickets now available, plus customizable “Build Your Own” packages or 313-576-5111

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